Presidential Communications Office Chief Martin Andanar was put on the hot spot on Tuesday, September 13, during the House of Representatives appropriations committee hearing. The Presidential Communications Office's proposed P1.255 billion budget for 2017.
Andanar was asked by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman if the Palace's Communications Group would commit to avoid the mistakes if Congress increases its budget. Andanar was quick to address the two biggest mistakes that his office committed recently.
The Inquirer quoted Andanar as saying, "We had lapses in our operations. These lapses happened, because of overzealousness of our staff at the Presidential News Desk even announcing the seating arrangement of ASEAN leaders, which we should not have been announced. I accept full responsibility for that."
He added, "We also have lapses in a very big way, the blunder that happened a few days ago, when the operators of the Official Gazette omitted Martial Law...It's very unfortunate. I did express that I was very upset during that night, and ordered our strategic communications office to place it back."
In closing, Andanar stated, "I can assure you, chairman, Cong. Lagman, that those mistakes will never happen again."
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
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